Vegan Raisin Pie

This year for Pi Day, I wanted to share my recipe for raisin pie on my facebook page – only to realize I have never posted it online before! Wait, what?! This is my favourite pie! Twelve years of recipes and ideas and random thoughts… How on earth did I not post this? Ya, I…

Socca (Chickpea Skillet Bread)

A popular food truck offering, this skillet bread is common in Nice, France but I had never heard of it here in Ontario, Canada. It’s also just naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegan, low carb and absolute perfection.

Love Stencil

I’m a huge fan of large, custom shaped cookies, but I don’t need more cookie cutters to fill my kitchen baskets and flood my cupboard drawers. No thank you. Instead, I make my shapes on the computer and print out my stencils. Using a sharp knife I cut out the cookies, but for the finer…

Blueberry Cinnamon Scones

Being busy means I have to think ahead when it comes to food. Being on a vegan diet, AND avoiding processed food means I don’t have a lot of ‘quick’ options on a busy day. This recipe takes about 10 minutes to put together, and gives me 8 good sized servings, so I’m set for tea breaks or light lunches for the next few days.

Canine Christmas Cookies

I have been trying to figure this whole thing out for a very long time.  What I wanted was an easy to make/bake cookie for my dogs, something quick, healthy and pretty, without relying on sugar. I used to work for a canine bakery and even they had to rely on sugar, but I knew…

Cookie House Template

Every year, I have the grandest plans, and the best intentions. I make 3lbs of gingerbread, measure out a few dozen tiny pieces, and set about making the most amazing masterpiece you’ve ever seen. You don’t remember? That’s because that part never happens. I either forget about it in the freezer, it collapses, a crucial…

Painted Pastry

Every year my church hosts an event called Western Day, and one of the main attractions is the pie baking contest. As of this date, I have never won, but in all fairness there are some pretty amazing bakers to compete with! The pie baking contest is a great motivator to try something new though,…

Sugar Bush Walnut Cake II

I’m curious, how old is your oldest cookbook? I don’t know exactly how old mine is, but I remember my aunt giving it to me when I was 18, and that was… well, a while ago. The book shows its age, with brownish paper, worn print and a zillion splatters and stains within its pages,…

Gluten Free / Dairy Free Brownies

Day in and day out, I watch food videos online and from the day I saw my first “Tasty” video, up until a few weeks ago, the evolution of my thoughts were as follows: I want to eat that. I think I can make that. I think I can make that video. It took me…

Construction Cookie Template

I was asked this week to make some construction themed cookies for a little mans birthday party, so as usual, I made doe-eyes at my graphic designer husband so he would agree to make me a template. I’m willing to share, so you can download your free copy here: Cookie Shapes – Construction. To make…

Gluten Free Cookies & Feelings

I’ve been homeschooling since my daughter was in grade 3, but we always knew that the day would come when she’d be ready to go back to a classroom. This past August, we were presented with the opportunity for her to attend a private school in the fall, and she could hardly contain her excitement…

Edible Cookie Paint

I love those cookies on Pinterest, with their perfectly smooth icing, crisp lines, and almost unreal piping. They look amazing. But they’re not me. Not a bit. Polished. Smooth. Crisp. These aren’t words usually applied to my stuff. My decorating is best described as either “Wow! That worked out!” or “Well, I tried”. No in…

Sweet Orange Butter Cake

Once upon a time I was seized by cravings for lemon loaf, but it was about 11pm and I had no lemons. I had oranges. There were probably more than a few years of experiments, with a lot of tasty successes, but in the end I settled on a specific favourite. Sweet Orange Butter Cake….

Rhubarb Muffins

We moved into our house 8 years ago this summer, and on the day we moved in, I discovered I was now the owner of a giant rhubarb patch. I had so little experience with the stuff that I had to actually get its identity confirmed, but at the same time I was told to…

Old Fashion Marble Cake

Lately I’ve been revisiting some of these old recipes. I have a few vintage cook books that were given to me, and while some recipes are flops (lime, cucumber and horseradish jello – don’t go there)…

DIY Sprinkles and Funfetti 

Canada Day is almost here, so I’m trying to think more “red & white” when it comes to baking. Sprinkles and funfetti are an easy and fun way to add to holiday cakes or cupcakes, except for one problem…  I think they taste gross, and I’m not alone in that.  I always figured I had…

Hot Cross Buns

One of the best things about making something yourself, is being able to make it the way you enjoy it. I wouldn’t consider myself a picky eater (frog legs are something I’ve enjoyed twice!), but there are some foods stuck on my “hit or miss” list. Hot Cross buns would be one of them. For…

100% Whole-Wheat Brown Bread

For the past week, we’ve enjoyed spring rains, some sunshine, and best of all, warmer weather! Around here, when spring arrives we all put on an extra layer of clothes and I throw open every window in the house. There is almost nothing more intoxicating for me than the feel of fresh air flowing through…

3.14

Every spring I look forward to Pi Day. When I worked in the bakery, we celebrated by putting all of our mini pies on sale for $3.14, and we gave away a large pie every hour on Facebook. It was a lot of fun (for me, because I wasn’t making the pies), but I think…

Homemade Apple Pie Filling

My mom gave me her apple pie filling recipe back when I was 18. It was the first pie I ever made, and while I have my own method for pastry, I’ve never messed with the apple pie filling. It’s just perfect the way it is, and it turns out every single time I make…

DIY Cake Mix, 3 Ways

I don’t have anything against a box of cake mix. I may not like the fact that there are ingredients I can’t pronounce listed on the box, but if I took a stand against that, I’d have to return half of my shopping cart on any given grocery day. Let’s face it, unless we live…

Preparing Your DIY Cake Mix

If you’ve landed on this page by accident, you’ll need to go back and see my recipes for DIY Cake Mix, 3 Ways, first. These instructions are for Full Batches, or 6 cupcakes if you want to just make a small amount, and a 1-minute Cake in a Mug option. CAKE IN A MUG INSTRUCTIONS:…

Homemade Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is a staple in my house. No matter how much I enjoy healthy cooking, I will not mess with the ingredients of my favourite dessert recipes! Dessert is a treat, and it should be sweet, and decadent, and make you avoid the scale for about a week. I’ll do what I can to…

Homemade Instant Oatmeal 

This past week I have been sharing all kinds of things on my Facebook page related to Valentine’s Day. While I enjoy any holiday that celebrates the people I love, I have to admit I had an extra special interest in setting that particular theme, for this week. 10 years ago today (Feb. 10) I…

Fermentation is a Thing

I think it could be easy, to make you think that the girl behind this blog is 100 years old. I could tell you stories of how my family had little money when I was growing up, so my parents reared meat rabbits and raised chickens. They grew their food on less than 1 acre…

Santa (bread) Baby

About 5 years ago, we went to my mothers for Thanksgiving and she had made a cornucopia of bread. An actual cornucopia, of BREAD! Stuffed with more bread! I was in awe. Long story short, it started me on a path of food art that was entirely new for me, and while I’ve never done…

Christmas Dollies

I don’t even know what to say about this recipe. I was in the kitchen. I had cravings. It happened. But oh-my-goodness, I’m so glad it did. I love cookies and squares. And I love Christmas time. And I really love Starbucks Cranberry Bliss bars. My husband loves cookies and squares. And he also really…

Candy Cane Cookies

Every family has it’s own Christmas traditions, and in my family, they’re largely food related. Actually, every tradition in my family is largely food related… So much so, that a few years ago for Christmas, my Mom made each of us girls a book of family recipes. All the foods that make us, US, together…

Flourless Banana Muffins

I don’t really have a story to go with this recipe, other than this: I was making muffins and I thought, “It’s weird how many people on the internet claim to be the author of this recipe, I wonder who the real genius is?” Let’s be clear, it wasn’t me :P. But no matter who…

Fondant from Scratch

Dear Fondant, I’ve been working with you for about 10 years now. Overall, I’d say we’ve had a mutually beneficial relationship. You make me look good. When people praise my work, it’s you they’re really looking at, without you my work would be somewhat ordinary. I’ve learned not to test your limits, and in return……